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Stars of 'Big Lebowski' Recall the Making of a Cult Classic, Consider Sequel Possibilities

When Joel and Ethan Coen first asked him to take a supporting role in The Big Lebowski as Theodore Donald Kerabatsos, the mild-mannered, oft-dismissed bowling enthusiast who succumbs to a heart attack while fighting a trio of nihilists, Steve Buscemi didn’t recognize their invitation as a ticket to immortality. If anything, his gut told him to decline.

“I remember thinking that I didn’t want to play this part,” he says now, reunited on the stage of New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom with principal members of the Lebowski cast and crew – including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, John Turturro, Julianne Moore and musical director T Bone Burnett – to celebrate the movie’s Aug. 16 premiere on Blu-ray.

Photos: The 'Big Lebowski' Cast Reunites at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom

Fans of Joel and Ethan Coen's peerless 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski assembled at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday night to celebrate the movie's long-awaited Blu-ray release with reunited cast members Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi.

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